Why Neurology As a Sub/specialty?

In this we discuss the all important question during your residency interview. Why you choose Neurology as your speciality of choice

Why Neurology As a Sub/specialty?
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This is the most important question you have to answer during your residency interview


  • Prepare, prepare & prepare
  • Write the answer and then read it
  • Show maturity

3 Ps: Purpose, Passion & Personality

First and foremost, you need to define these three things:
  1. Personality - Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Are you someone who enjoys research or someone who enjoys innovation?
  1. Purpose - It's the driving force that pushes you even when things go wrong.
  1. Passion - It's the way you follow to attain the purpose.
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Brain Initiative

Brain is the final frontier, Brain Initiative was led by white house in 2013 to increase NIH Funding toward Neurosciences
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Supply and Demand

Aging population with limited Neurologist globally, won't have to worry about job security and ability to practice internationally if I so choose.
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  1. GBD 2017 US Neurological Disorders Collaborators et al. “Burden of Neurological Disorders Across the US From 1990–2017: A Global Burden of Disease Study.” JAMA neurology (2020): n. pag. Web. 30 Jan. 2021.
  1. Dall, T. M. et al. Supply and demand analysis of the current and future US neurology workforce. Neurology 81, 470–478 (2013).

Rapid Advances in Neurology

Rapid advances in terms of biologics are creating new paradigms of treatment for previously untreated neurological diseases

Recent advances in neurotechnologies with broad potential for neuroscience research

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Significant Choice of Subspecialty

Significant choice of subspecialty training; neurovascular, neuroimmunology, neuroopthomology, neurotology, neurocritical care & neurointervention.
Internal Medicine
Interventional Cardiology
Neuroimmunology Multiple Sclerosis
Critical Care
Neurocritical Care
Sleep medicine
Sleep medicine
Pain medicine
Pain medicine

Practice in multiple care settings

  1. Inpatient
  1. Proceduralist
  1. Outpatient - Create long term relationship with patients
  1. Virtual Care


Both my grandmothers died of intracerebral hemorrhages. My paternal side had hepatitis C that led to coagulopathic disorder and maternal side had amyloid angiopathy as the cause that has led an emotional longing in me to pursue the field of Neurology. I personally feel that even in situations where you do not have a cure, a good physician can serve.

Lastly Personality

  1. Detail-oriented
  1. Lifelong learner
  1. Empathetic
Junaid Kalia MD

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Junaid Kalia MD

CEO | Founder | President NeuroCare.AI - Advancing Digital Health Ecosystem in Emerging Countries!

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